Tag Archives: Ranch Life

Homestead Hack: MYO Low-Waste Chicken Feeder

by Texas Homesteader ~

Did you know you could make a chicken feeder from a repurposed coffee can? Yep, it’s true.

RancherMan & I enjoy raising chickens. And we’re also fans of doing things ourselves. So when we needed a chicken feeder we first took a trip to a thrift store. 

We made our own feeder from thrifted supplies costing only about $2 total. All we used was an old metal lid and a plastic Rubbermaid canister. It served us well for years but finally the canister portion succumbed to the elements. Now what??!

You know what I say: “Use Whatcha Got!”. Check out this Homestead Hack & see how we easy (and with NO out of pocket) repaired our chicken feeder for many more years of service.

Check out this Homestead Hack & see how we used an empty, repurposed coffee canister to make a low-waste chicken feeder for cheap! #TexasHomesteader

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How To Protect Your Skin WITHOUT Using Sunblock

by Texas Homesteader ~
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Sun protection is important, y’all! Our ranch is located in Northeast Texas where heat & humidity are the daily forecast almost every day during summer months. 

But our work days are filled with outside chores such as working cattle or repairing fences, gardening or mowing pastures. Even though we spend many hours in the sun, I shy away from using sunblock whenever possible. Why?

Although sunblock is marketed as safe and effective, I just don’t know how I feel about slathering chemicals on my skin several times each and every day.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are times when it makes sense to use sunblock. But today I’m sharing seven easy ways I’m able to protect my skin from the sun’s harmful rays without resorting to sunblock.

7 ways to protect your skin. (other than sunblock) #TexasHomesteader

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Brand New Baby – Y’all Name The Calf!

by Texas Homesteader ~

Well, well, well, April-the-Giraffe’s baby was finally born. Have y’all watched the live video for the past month? I popped in from time to time but didn’t have enough time to watch too much. But now they’re having folks submit suggestions for the baby’s name.  Guess what – this pretty girl was born on that same day too!!

We're excited about a new baby calf. Howzabout a little fun? I'll let one of you name her! #TexasHomesteader

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Destructive Pests: Trapping Wild Hogs

by Texas Homesteader ~
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We have a wild hog problem here in NE Texas. Bad. So bad in fact that there’s no official ‘season’ for hunting them because they’re such an invasive, destructive nuisance.

Their sheer numbers are astonishing. They come through like a cloud, leaving nothing but tilled ground & deep holes behind them.

Terrible! 

So terrible that the game warden says you can hunt them at any time day or night, in any season. 

Wild hogs are destructive & plentiful. But they're just escaped domestic pigs - they're pork! See how we successfully trap them #TexasHomesteader

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Ranching: A Good Life, But A HARD Life!

by Texas Homesteader ~

What we do on this ranch is our livelihood, our means of supporting ourselves. It’s a wonderful life, yet certainly a hard one. Prudent business decisions have to be made every day. If they’re the wrong decisions, we don’t get paid.

Period.

Bills don’t get paid nor groceries bought. There’s no gray area on the pay scale when you’re self employed. No mistakes are financially free – no mulligans!

Don’t get me wrong, like I said it’s a wonderful life filled with many delights. But it can be hard too.

Ranching is a wonderful life filled with many delights. But it can be a hard life too. See what we struggle with. #TexasHomesteader

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Our Way Of Life: Sunrises FOREVER

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan & I have a saying: “Sunrises Forever”.  It means that every new sunrise is a blank slate, a new beginning, a brand new start. 

Today’s sunrise is fresh & new – different from yesterday’s and even tomorrow’s. Today’s sunrise is full of possibilities. What will you do with it?

Will you make that leap of faith & follow your passion today? Will you build on yesterday’s success to make it even better? Will you wipe away yesterday’s failure and do something great? 

Our sunrise may look different than yours and that’s ok. Today is a day to start new – to do something amazing that works for YOU.

What will you do with today's possibilities? Don't waste it, today's sunrise is a fresh opportunity great things! Sunrises FOREVER! #TexasHomesteader

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